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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Last call for survey on NGO support of LGBT asylum seekers

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By Patricia A. McManus

Researchers at Indiana University have partnered with aid organizations on a study of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world that provide services to refugees and asylum seekers. The study was initiated following a Roundtable on Asylum-Seekers and Refugees Seeking Protection on Account of their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity held by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) in 2010.

The information from this study will be used to produce a report on the current state of services to refugees and asylum seekers. The names and responses of individual organizations will not be revealed.

Over the past six months we have been contacting 1450 NGOs worldwide to participate in this first-ever study of NGOs serving refugees and asylum seekers. Invitations as well as questionnaire were translated to French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Farsi and Turkish.

To date, we have collected information from 360 NGOs located in 90 countries! Due to broken emails and other problems, however, we are still missing many NGOs outside of North America and Western Europe. Because this is a global study, we would like to get information from NGOs from different regions and cultures. Also, we recognized that NGOs are busy and their time is very valuable. But, we need to hear from busy NGOs people as well (the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete).

Here is what you can do to help with this study:
We would be grateful if you could help us in the coming weeks as the survey will be close on August 15, 2011. If you have any questions please contact us via email: opizmony@indiana.edu

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